Roy Mackal: The Cryptozoologist With a Passion for the Loch Ness Monster

posted: 01/04/17
by: Sasha Brown-Worsham

Roy Mackal was a biologist from the University of Chicago whose interest in animals went beyond the known world, making him one of the most famous cryptozoologists of all time. Cryptozoology is the study of animals who are rumored to exist or who many believe exist but have not been proven.

Mackal obsessively studied the Loch Ness Monster in particular and was convinced beyond a doubt that something was living in that deep, dark lake in Scotland. He was also interested in the Mokele-mbembe, a leftover dinosaur that allegedly lives in the Congo. He made a couple trips there to try to find it. He wrote a book about his quest: A Living Dinosaur? In Search of Mokele-Mbembe.

His scientific background lent legitimacy to the study of these creatures many say exist, but no one can prove, and he is considered one of the foremost figures in the field. He died in 2013. According to him: "I admit that my own views are tinged with some romanticism, but certainly not to the extent that I would endure extreme hardship, even risk my life, to pursue a dream with no basis in reality."

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